Very Berry Vinaigrette

Hubby’s all time fave salad dressing


  • 1/2 cup pitted deglet nor dates, soaked in water if you don’t have a high powered blender
  • 1/2 cup balsamic condimenti (shown) or other slightly reduced, naturally sweet high quality balsamic
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 heaping cup fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries


  1. Combine all ingredients in blender and process until very smooth

Recipe Note

  • Drizzle on vegan ice cream for an extra special treat

Veg Panang Curry

Hubby says this dish is among his top three faves


2 tbsp thai curry paste

2 tbsp maple syrup

2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce

2 tbsp peanut butter

8 oz plant milk

1 scallion, sliced

1 handful fresh basil, minced

Optional: 1 tbsp thickener of choice such as brown rice flour, quinoa flour, tapioca flour, mixed with 2 tbsp water


2 bell peppers, julienned

2-3 Portobello Mushroom caps, thinly sliced

4 baby Shanghai choy OR Bok choy, sliced

2 handfuls long Beans or green beans, kitchen sliced

Rice noodles, rehydrated


  1. Set aside fresh herbs; Combine wet ingredients and whisk to incorporate, set aside
  2. In a wok or sauté pan heat 1-2 tbsp water, add choy, cover and cook over medium-high heat for a few minutes
  3. Add remaining veg + sauce, cover and simmer 5-7 minutes or until veg is cooked to you liking
  4. Stir in herbs and rehydrated rice noodles, mixing until well combined

White Bean, Roasted Garlic and Basil Hummus

I whipped this up without measuring anything…


• Great Northern Beans or white beans of choice

• 1/2 lemon, peeled

• several garlic cloves, peeled

• tahini OR sesame seeds

• white pepper

• black pepper

• Tamari or miso paste

• fresh basil


Add beans & three times as much water to instant pot, press BEAN/CHILI and let it do its thing, NPR (Natural Pressure Release) This will overcook the beans and that’s exactly what you want

While the beans are cooking wrap garlic cloves in parchment paper, then in foil; bake in 375 degree oven for 30 minutes

Later on, drain beans — reserve some of the aquafaba just in case — add the beans to food processor along with remaining ingredients EXCEPT herbs; process until smooth. If it’s thicker than you like add a bit of aquafaba a little at a time, processing between each addition

Stop the machine, add fresh basil + any of your fave fresh herbs you happen to have on hand and PULSE until incorporated, being careful not to over-process and turn the hummus green